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Communities in Transition: Civic Engagement and Political Participation among Middle Class Latinos in Pasco, Washington and Watsonville, California

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This project is a comparative study of two communities that share similar demographic profiles. Pasco is a community of about 60,000 residents, 56% of whom are Hispanic or Latino, according to recent Census data. The town’s economy is largely driven by the agriculture industry. Watsonville is located on California’s central coast and has a population of about 50,000. Of these, about 80% are of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to the Census. Watsonville’s economy is also dominated by the agriculture industry, although like Pasco it too has diversified its economic base in recent decades. In analyzing these two communities I am interested in examining the role of the Latino middle class as both communities become majority Hispanic.

Specifically, I intend to analyze the civic engagement and political participation of middle class professionals and small business owners in these communities. Among minority groups, members of the middle class have been at the forefront of recent social and political changes in American society. However, the middle class category is an expansive one which occludes as much as it reveals. Anecdotal evidence from Watsonville suggests significant differences between predominantly college-educated, middle class professionals and small business owners. The leadership class in the community was comprised of both groups yet each group demonstrated different visions regarding the future of their community and employed different strategies to meet their objectives. I am interested in ascertaining whether or not these trends can be definitively established and examining how these differences impact community growth and development.
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Mireles, Gilbert. "Communities in Transition: Civic Engagement and Political Participation among Middle Class Latinos in Pasco, Washington and Watsonville, California" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708012_index.html>

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Mireles, G. F. , 2014-03-27 "Communities in Transition: Civic Engagement and Political Participation among Middle Class Latinos in Pasco, Washington and Watsonville, California" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p708012_index.html

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Abstract: This project is a comparative study of two communities that share similar demographic profiles. Pasco is a community of about 60,000 residents, 56% of whom are Hispanic or Latino, according to recent Census data. The town’s economy is largely driven by the agriculture industry. Watsonville is located on California’s central coast and has a population of about 50,000. Of these, about 80% are of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to the Census. Watsonville’s economy is also dominated by the agriculture industry, although like Pasco it too has diversified its economic base in recent decades. In analyzing these two communities I am interested in examining the role of the Latino middle class as both communities become majority Hispanic.

Specifically, I intend to analyze the civic engagement and political participation of middle class professionals and small business owners in these communities. Among minority groups, members of the middle class have been at the forefront of recent social and political changes in American society. However, the middle class category is an expansive one which occludes as much as it reveals. Anecdotal evidence from Watsonville suggests significant differences between predominantly college-educated, middle class professionals and small business owners. The leadership class in the community was comprised of both groups yet each group demonstrated different visions regarding the future of their community and employed different strategies to meet their objectives. I am interested in ascertaining whether or not these trends can be definitively established and examining how these differences impact community growth and development.


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